Bank robber killed in March was tied to 2013 Newaygo robbery, two Wisconsin murders

Posted at 9:09 AM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 16:17:35-04

NEWAYGO, Mich. - The Newaygo County Sheriff announced Monday that a Croton bank robbery from 2013 and other bank robberies in northern Michigan and Wisconsin have been solved.

The Independent Bank in Croton was robbed on September 3, 2013, by a suspect who was dubbed the "respectful robber" at the time by the FBI. He was also tied to bank robberies in 2011 in Luther, Wellston and Pellston Michigan.

In March of 2015, the Newaygo County Sheriff received a tip that the suspect was Steven Snyder, 38, of Kingston, Michigan.

Investigators say that on March 24, 2015, the suspect robbed the State Bank of Florence in Wasaukee, Wisconsin. He fired a shot into the ceiling of the bank and was confronted by a resident in the parking lot of the bank.  The suspect shot and killed the resident, Thomas Christ, 59.  Wisconsin State Patrol caught up with the suspect near Fond du Lac and the suspect opened fire on a trooper who was following him.  The trooper, Trevor Casper, was shot, but was able to return fire and kill the suspect.  Casper also died from his wounds.

In June, investigators from Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, along with the FBI determined that Snyder was responsible for the four Michigan bank robberies in 2011 and 2013, as well as four bank robberies in Wisconsin between 2013 and 2015, as well as a robbery in Ohio in March of 2015.